Any parent can attest to how difficult it is to put a kid to sleep at night. Babies have distorted sleep patterns that can cause distress to the baby and the parent, while on the other hand older kids develop sleep problems as they grow. For infants, it is because they take longer to transition to long bouts of sleep.
Daylight saving time is no fun for anyone. That groggy, "I really don't want to get out of bed" feeling lingers for days after you set your clocks forward a hour, and can make any already sleep-deprived parent feel exhausted. But the loss of sleep can be even tougher on your kids. "Young children need more sleep and don't tolerate sleep deprivation as well as adults," explains Dr. Harry Yuan, pediatric cardiologist and pediatric medical director here at Alaska Sleep Clinic "The loss of just one hour can really affect a child's attention span, appetite, and overall mood."
Sleep is more important than you may think. Can you think of a time when you didn't get enough sleep? That heavy, groggy feeling is awful and, when you feel that way, you're not at your best. So if you're not too tired, let's talk about sleep.
It is common knowledge that adequate, good-quality sleep is important in the development of children and translates to better quality of life for children of all ages. Yet, childhood insomnia is the most common sleep complaint from parents. Although certain sleep disorders may cause insomnia, the difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep may be due to poor sleep habits or sub-optimal sleep environment.